This is our yearly tradition to honor the people we lost over the past year. The Academy Awards will remember some of them, but won’t have time for others. We don’t need to take commercial breaks here, so we’ll do our best to give as comprehensive a survey as we can provide. If we missed anyone, please let us know and we’ll add them immediately.
Michael Anderson, director of ORCA.
Marty Allen, comedian.
Stephen Bochco, television auteur.
Philip Bosco, actor.
Peter Brace, stuntman.
Martin Bregman, producer.
Norm Breyfogle, one of the greatest Batman artists of all time.
Pasquale Buba, legendary film editor.
Pippo Caruso, composer.
Raymond Chow, mega-producer.
Stelvio Cipriani, composer.
Frank Doubleday, actor.
Unbelievably unforgettable in ASSAULT IN PRECINCT 13 and as Romero in ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. Very cool detail: His daughters are Kaitlin Doubleday (a star of the show Empire) and Portia Doubleday (of Mr. Robot).
Director of MR. MOM, THE MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE, and NECESSARY ROUGHNESS.
Ron Dunbar, songwriter.
Dennis Edwards, lead singer of The Temptations.
Harlan Ellison, author.
Alvin Epstein, actor.
R. Lee Ermey
Anna Maria Ferrero
Pablo Ferro,film title designer.
James Frawley, director.
Comics creator best remembered for inventing Ghost Rider for Marvel Comics with Mike Ploog.
Brian Garfield, director.
Carol Hall, composer.
Wrote or co-wrote RASHOMON, IKIRU, THE SEVEN SAMURAI, THRONE OF BLOOD, THE HIDDEN FORTRESS, THE BAD SLEEP WELL, HARAKIRI, SAMURAI ASSASSIN, THE SWORD OF DOOM, and HELL IN THE PACIFIC, for starters. Untouchable.
Actor in NASHVILLE, A THOUSAND CLOWNS, FAMILY PLOT, FREAKY FRIDAY, PLAZA SUITE, PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, and GROSSE POINTE BLANK. (“You’re a handsome devil. What’s your name?”)
Carole Hart, Sesame Street’s first female writer.
Ricky Jay, author, illusionist, and scholar of the unnatural.
Will Jordan, comedian.
A really wonderful actor who you may not know by name but who you’ve definitely seen in films as varied as ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, POLTERGEIST, WALL STREET, HARDBODIES II and MULHOLLAND DRIVE.
Quentin Kenihan, actor, author, and activist.
A mighty, mighty writer whose work will shake you up and change you.
Star of SUPERMAN, BLACK CHRISTMAS, SISTERS, and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR.
Richard H. Kline
Cinematographer of films as diverse and awesome as HANG ‘EM HIGH, THE MECHANIC, BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, MR. MAJESTYK, KING KONG, THE FURY, STAR TREK, BODY HEAT, DEATH WISH II, BREATHLESS, HOWARD THE DUCK, and DOUBLE IMPACT.
Koko the western lowland gorilla.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Danny Leiner, director.
Sondra Locke, actor and director.
Terence Marsh, production designer.
Best known to you as Sgt. Apone from ALIENS (1986).
Chuck McCann, comedian & voiceover artist.
Russ McCubbin, actor and stuntman.
Robby Müller, cinematographer.
Amos Oz, novelist.
Gianfranco Parolini, director of the SABATA movies.
Art Paul, graphic designer.
Burton Leon Reynolds Junior (1936-2018).
Nobody had more fun. Nobody was as fun to watch. One of the all-time great movie stars and an American original. More from Daily Grindhouse soon. For now, wishing peace to his loved ones. [JA]
Nicolas Roeg, visionary filmmaker.
Allison Shearmur, ROGUE ONE producer.
Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks.
Kirk Simon, documentary filmmaker.
Larry Smith, puppeteer.
Mark E. Smith of The Fall.
David Ogden Stiers
Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino.
Ezra Swerdlow, producer.
“Evil” Dave VanDam
Jerry Van Dyke
From THE DIRTY DOZEN, SAM WHISKEY, THE WHITE BUFFALO, and so many more movies we love.
Paul Junger Witt, television producer.
Our condolences to the friends and family of all these unforgettably talented people.
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